Gioia Ghezzi and Ivan Soncini, presidents respectively of FS Italiane and Mercitalia Logistics, were also present.
Grouping the companies into a single Hub will optimise services: clients can speak with a single interlocutor, with the resulting saving of time and resources.
In the 2017-2026 Industrial Plan, the Mercitalia Hub estimates making investments for 1.5 billion Euro: more than 1 billion for rolling stock, 100 million for intermodal terminals (new systems programmed for Milan, Brescia and Piacenza) in line with the Gotthard and the Reno-Alpi Core Corridor (Genoa-Rotterdam), 100 million for information technology & safety, and around 250 million for company acquisition in order to expand the business. It is the most important overall investment that Ferrovie Italiane has ever made in the sector.
Special attention will be given to re-launching international businesses which have their strong point in Tx Logistik, the German-based Hub company that is aiming at becoming the cost/quality leader of railway traction services, to and from Italy, in the large European Core Corridors of transalpine freight traffic.
The rolling stock has already started being renewed: Mercitalia Rail has signed two full maintenance hire contracts for 20 new electric locomotives. In addition, the procedure for purchasing up to 125 new electric locomotives over the next few years for the national and European markets will be started in a few days by Mercitalia Rail and TX Logistik together.